Due in part to past limitations with the printing of call number labels, Voyager call numbers have been added to the holdings records in a non-standard manner. The implementation of Alma provides the opportunity to update procedures and add call numbers as per the Library of Congress Classification and Shelflisting Manual. The proposed changes will change the display of the call number labels but will not affect how the books are shelved.
|Past Practice in Voyager
|Alma Call Number
|AC8 K49 1875
|AC8 .K49 1875
|Law KE230 D68V47 2021
|Law KE230.D68 V47 2021
|PS35.5 I5G64 2010 c.2
|PS35.5.I5 G64 2010 c.2
|QA166.245 K63 2005
|QA166.245 .K63 2005
|CURRIC 823 L5325A43
|CURRIC 823 L5325 A43
Examples of call number labels:
Library materials are shelved in call number order. Materials in the main and law collections are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification (LC) system.
One exception is the Curriculum Collection which is shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.
Read the call number label top-to-bottom, line by line.
There may be a specific location specified at the top of the call number label.
Most LC call numbers begin with one or two letters.
The first letter represents the major division or "class" within LC. Example: Q = Science
The second letter represents a subdivision within the class. Example: QH = Natural history (general)
Single letters are filed before double letters. Example: Q is shelved before QH, and QH is shelved before QR
These numbers represent the subject of the book. Example: 442.2 = books on cloning
Read this line as a whole number. Example: QH 442.2 is shelved before QH 443
The period is followed by the "cutter". The cutter represents the author, corporate body or title of the book.
Sometimes there are two cutters. In these cases, the first cutter will be a further refinement of the subject.
Read the letter alphabetically and then read the number as a decimal. Example: .W544 is shelved before .W55
Year of publication, volume and/or copy number
Examples: v. 1, c. 2
For more information, refer to the Metadata Unit's Shelflisting section.
UVic Libraries will use Spine O Matic software in order to print call number labels from Alma. This software looks up barcodes via the Alma API to retrieve call number information and you can then print your spine call number label.
The SpineOMatic documentation is here:
(Help for Zebra TLP 2824 Plus setup)
Find the Zebra Setup Utilities on your computer.
Select the ZDesigner TLP 2824 Plus (ZPL) USB001
and choose "Configure Printer Settings" under Printer Configuration. This will open up the Configuration Wizard.
Speed and Darkness:
Media parameters and handling
Front Panel Protection:
Configure your SpineOMatic in the following way for Zebra printers (TLP2824 Plus (ZPL)).
Open up the SpineOMatic program (Program called "SpineLabeler")
The top ribbon will have some values:
Station: don't worry about this
Require Username: leave unticked
Enable temp barcodes: leave unticked
Show tips: tick the box
For Auto Print vs. Review, choose Review
The Purple arrow at the top will expand / collapse the settings window.
Occasionally the call number label prefixes rubric will be updated. Follow this procedure to update the rubric: